Todd Monken explains what makes Brock Bowers so ‘rare’ for Georgia football

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Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) during the Bulldogs' game with Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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Todd Monken knew early on in offseason workouts that he had something special in freshman tight end Brock Bowers. While the team was going through stadium runs, Bowers would constantly be one of the faster participants.

Not just for a tight end, but on Georgia’s entire team

Monken compared Bowers to running back James Cook in that aspect, as a player who can be used in a number of ways. The Georgia coaching staff was confident Bowers could be a versatile weapon dating back to his high school days, when he was occasionally employed as a running back.

Monken added though that Bowers has more “range” while praising the progress Bowers quickly made as a route runner. Georgia’s offensive coordinator even went as far as to say it was fun using Bowers in the manner in which he has this season.

The freshman tight end played his best game against an equally talented Alabama defense earlier in December, as he hauled in 10 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia is likely to need a similar effort against a stout Michigan defense, led by edge rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo. His speed, a separator in SEC play, will have to show up on Friday.

“Seeing how fast he was, going up and getting the ball, he’s very shifty with the ball in his hand, I pretty much knew that he was going to be dangerous,” wide receiver Kearis Jackson said. “Especially when he gets the rock in his hand. When I seen him the first time, I was like, yeah, he’s going to be one of the top tight ends in the country.”

Friday could be Georgia’s final game of the 2021 season. But Monken feels comfortable knowing that Bowers is only just starting to show what he can do as a tight end at Georgia.

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